Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Crestwood, Illinois
When your downstairs area floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are here to assist when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Crestwood that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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